Starting now and for the rest of March, Pentax USA is offering a series of rebates in conjunction with the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Expo (WPPI) taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas beginning today. You don't have to be at the Expo to take advantage of the rebates.
The deal is: buy a 645D body and one or both of two lenses, and you'll receive a $500 prepaid VISA card for each lens you buy. The lenses are the D-FA 25mm superwide (19.5mm-e) and HD 90mm (71mm-e) short telephoto.
(In case you're not up to date on it, the Pentax 645D, with its 44x33mm, 40-MP sensor, now goes for $8,800 and includes the 55mm ƒ/2.8 normal (43mm-e) normal lens for free. If that sounds expensive, compare it to the $22,000 Leica S and its $5,000 normal lens that you do have to pay for.)
Or, buy a Pentax K-5 IIs body and one or more of three lenses, and receive a $250 VISA card for each lens. The lenses, among Pentax's best, are the 31mm, 43mm and 77mm Limited primes (~47mm-e, 65mm-e, and 116mm-e on the K-5 IIs).
To qualify, the lenses and body must be purchased at the same time and appear together on the same receipt.
Here's the information page. The offer is good through the end of the month.
Also current right now: B&H is offering another super deal on Sony 16GB SDHC cards: $23.95 for two. These are the cards I use now, thanks to a similar deal a while back.
There's also a deal on 32GB cards. [UPDATE: Link removed; deal has ended.]
An idle question: do you suppose the day will ever come when we'll use flash cards just once and just keep the full ones as a way to archive the files? Like we used to keep negatives. Download the card, and then, instead of erasing it and reusing it, label the card and store it. Use a new card each time we use the camera, just like we used to put a new roll of film in the camera before shooting. It's no longer an absurd idea, at least. Well, maybe it is, but not so absurd as it used to be.
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bill: "SDHC cards for permanent storage a la negatives is already being done. A wedding photog friend has been doing it for years. When he started I thought the cost a bit high but at current prices? Also, if you consider what film used to cost and the cost to soup it (home or sent out), an SDHC card is a bargain!
"My baseline is medium format. So number of pics on a card vs. rolls of film and it may be a no brainer. Of course we shot a bit tighter back then. But edited and put on small cards or batched.
"I think permanence of the cards deserves investigation. My HDDs have failed a few times and while I have redundant backups and all that, I think it is not a bad ideas at all. I seem to think somewhere in the back of my addled mind there are some permanence issues?? Likely no worse than film though, especially color neg and cromes. Don't shoot so much as I did, but may start this now. Great idea."
Mike replies: I was actually envisioning a purpose-made new product, non-rewritable and optimized (assuming we have the technology?) for long-term life, complete with a waterproof and label-able case. But with current cards...well, okay.
David: "Although it seemed idle conjecture, flash memory isn't a suitable archiving medium because it's not meant to be as robust as (some) optical media, older magneto-optical media (which in their own way due to obsolescence have become poor archives) hard disks, or say, Kodachrome. Digital atrophy remains real, largely because robustness isn't inherent and must be engineered and secondly it's not being funded. Cheaper to retain multiples and hope one of 'em's good later."
John Willard: "I toss my cards in a shoe box and don't label them as to who would be in the pictures or where the pictures were taken. Just carrying on the tradition."